Bulerías is a fiesta-style dance from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. It is the most improvisational form of flamenco and probably the silliest as well. It is what we see at parties and at the end of flamenco shows. It is a dance from the pueblo for ALL people to do, not just "dancers." In fact, some of my favorite people to watch doing this dance are townspeople who do it just for fun, not professionally. And that is what you're going to see in the video that follows. It is from a produce shop in Jerez, and it gives you a picture of what Bulerías de Jerez is all about:
This clip is short, but trust me, you'll love it.
As you can see this is a dance for EVERYBODY. It is where you get to play and let your personality shine. While it is one of the most challenging dances in flamenco given its complex rhythms and improvisational nature, especially once you add in the cante, it is so. much. fun.
And by the way, you can't do flamenco and NOT do bulerías. ¡No puede ser!
EDIT: Here’s an article about bulerías and its history from El Palacio Andaluz in Sevilla.
What does bulerías mean to you?
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